What words do you say about yourself? When you are talking to others, how do you describe yourself? And when you are alone, what comes out of your mouth? With the words you say, do you bless or curse yourself?
You may not even be aware of how you speak about yourself. But your words have consequences. The Scripture says out of your mouth proceed blessing and cursing (James 3:10). So which one do you use on yourself?
Here are 14 questions to ask yourself to find out whether you bless or curse yourself with your words.
As a Christian leader, you are pressed for time for reading. But if you read no other books, these would be the top 5 business books that you must read.
I’ve read a lot of books over the past 25 years. And I particularly love reading business books. Given that we have more than 3,000 books in our house, I had to think hard about that list.
After going through all of my business books, here is the list of the top 5 business books every Christian leader needs to read.
Plato records Socrates as saying at his trial, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” While that may be an extreme statement, he makes an interesting point. When we rush through life, we don’t pause long enough to “consider our ways,” as the Scripture says (Haggai 1:5, 7). That’s why it is important to cultivate a daily practice of reflection.
Even if it’s only 15 minutes at the start or the end of your day, it is worth making the time for reflection. A survey of people in their 90’s discovered that they would have spent more time in reflection if they could live their lives over again. Anybody who has lived that long is worth listening to because of the wisdom they’ve gained—if only from greater number of mistakes they’ve made.
To get you started on how you can spend your time in reflection, here are three questions you can ask yourself.
You are a busy leader. You’ve got demands on your time at home and at work. It’s important to build in time into your schedule to slow down. And it’s all right to want to have fun.
You don’t have to spend all of your time being productive. It’s good to take time to enjoy the life that God has given you.
Here are three lessons I have learned why it’s important to carve out time to have fun.
Do you complain when things don’t go well? I know I do. But I wish I didn’t. Because complaining hurts more than it helps.
In the moment, complaining feels so good. Something isn’t going right, so you complain about what’s happening. But in the long run, it’s not good for you.
Here are three ways complaining hurts more than helps—and what you can do to avoid complaining.
Despite what others may tell you, gratifying your personal pleasures will not make you happy. In fact, it will leave you feeling empty. But obeying God will lead to your self-actualization.
God knows you better than you know yourself (Psalm 139:1-4). And God is for you (Romans 8:31). As a result, He knows what will truly make you happy.
Here are three reasons why obeying God will lead to your self-actualization.
If you’re like me, you’ve doubted the plans God has for you. God has told you to do something, but you doubted you could do it. But self-doubt is actually doubting God.
The Scripture says that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13). If God has called you to do something, then He is able to see you through (Philippians 1:6).
Here are three ways that self-doubt is tantamount to doubting God and how you can overcome self-doubt.
God wants you to be who He made you to be, work how He wants you to work, and accomplish what He wants you to accomplish. In order to do all that, you first must discover your personal identity.
That is easier said than done. God is the source of your personal identity. And you must seek Him to know who He is in order to embrace the God-designed package of your personal identity.
Understanding your personal identity can be similar to understanding your company’s brand identity. Here are three questions to start you on your journey to discover your personal identity.
The Scripture says you should be doers of the word and not just hearers (James 1:22). But why is that? Why does God say you must act on what you know?
The second half of James 1:22 tells us why: you will deceive yourself if you don’t act on what you know. And Hebrews 5:13-14 says you will be unskilled in righteousness if you don’t put into practice what you know from Scripture.
But what does that look like practically? And why is that such a big deal? Here are three things that will happen if you don’t act on what you know from Scripture.
Do you ever take inventory of how you’re progressing? I’m not asking if you are happy with who you are. I’m asking if you like who you are becoming.
In life, you are never standing still. You are either moving forward or moving backward. If you’re not progressing, then you are regressing.
It’s important to be in the habit of self-analysis. Here are nine questions you can ask yourself to find out who are you becoming.